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Hi I'm Jesse

I've lived most of my life in New Mexico, married my best friend, have four children and am a policeman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a married father of four. I married my best friend from high school and we are learning together how to be better parents. We have three boys and a girl. I work as a police officer and love the challenge of piecing together investigations and also trying to make a positive impact in the lives of those who are in need of encouragement and help. I enjoy learning. I am going back to school for a Master's Degree and hope to finish in the next two years. I love to read, particularly classic literature and history. I also love teaching, and look forward to pursuing at least a part-time career in teaching when my school studies are completed. I like to be active and enjoy playing golf and basketball. I am a very goal-oriented person and am probably too compulsive about setting and keeping track of my goals. I love to see the progress I've made and feel a great sense of accomplishment when I fulfill objectives that I've set for myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that God is my Heavenly Father and loves all of his children. I know that his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior and Redeemer and his death and resurrection offer the greatest hope of peace and happiness in this life and in the life to come (John 3:16). God and Jesus Christ thus have a plan for the whole human family. We are here on earth to learn, grow and experience happiness. Because of His love for us, God has not left us without guidance in this life. He speaks (as he always has) through prophets to communicate his will to his children. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by a living prophet who receives direction and guidance from a living and loving Savior. Because of this, I am grateful to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This Church is the same Church Christ established when he was on the earth. The Church has been established through a prophet, Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a prophet in every sense of the word, and brought forth additional scripture to stand as a second witness with the Bible and declare that Jesus is the Christ. This additional scripture is known as the Book of Mormon. I have read this book many times, and know that it is scripture. Christ told us that we will know if someone claiming to be a prophet is in fact a prophet by their fruits. I look at all the good fruit that has grown as a result of Joseph Smith and this Church and cannot but say that it is true. This is why I belong to the Church. Many may ask how I "know" these things are true. I have asked God about the truthfulness of all the positions mentioned above. I have received an answer from Heaven, and thus I know. I have tested the validity of the principles espoused by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by trying my best to live them. My feeble efforts have been rewarded. The proof is in the pudding, in other words. If any man will do His will, he surely will know whether or not the doctrine is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving each day to live up to my potential as a son of God. This necessarily means that I also fall short of my potential each day. This constant struggle to close the gap between my real self and my ideal self reminds me that I must rely on the redemptive power of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Through him, I can do all things. I try to remember him each day by trying to be more like him and giving thanks for the hope that his sacrifice brings into my life. I live my faith each day by studying the scriptures and striving to apply their principles in my life. I also strive to improve the quality of my prayers to my Heavenly Father. I live my faith by aspiring to be the best husband and father that I can be for my wife and children. I know that my family is a gift from God, and he expects me to be a righteous example to them. I try to provide a secure environment for my family where they can feel safe and where we all can learn from each other. My goal is to provide a Christ-centered home. My religion plays a huge role in my life; in fact, for me it is a way of life. I served a two-year mission for my Church from 1998 to 2000, and have served in various leadership positions since. Currently, I serve as the president of the local chapter of my church's organization for men. I coordinate the visiting of needy persons and am responsible for the overall well-being of the group members and their families. Often, I lead discussions during our Sunday meetings; it is great to feel a sense of brotherhood and strength as we share our hopes as well as our fears. My church also serves as a charitable organization, distributing humanitarian aid and relief throughout the world. I am privileged to donate my time and means in order to further this effort.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

As I read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures, I find that my mind and heart and opened to thoughts and feelings associated with the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth, and brings us feelings of love, joy, peace, hope, and faith (Galatians 5:22). In other words, when I open books of scripture and study the words contained in their pages, I feel closer to God and have the desire to try to be better. The scriptures testify of Jesus Christ, and strengthen my faith in Him. As I learn about his life and teachings in the scriptures, I come to know him better and find motivation to do what He would have me do. When I read the scriptures each day, I can qualify for power to resist the temptations of this world which I know are only paths to unhappiness. Show more Show less